June 11, 2009, 8:15 pm
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This is how Sunday Service presiders should be calling people to worship…and interestingly it’s by comedian Steve Harvey. It reminds me that if we really put our minds to it and considered the greatness and grandeur of who God is and what He has done, there would be a greater sense of awe and amazement in the midst of our worship. Or maybe to put it another way, we would truly worship and not just sing.


Are you giving up anything for Lent?
February 26, 2009, 9:13 pm
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Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.  Thus on Facebook, Twitter, and on various blogs, I read a lot of statements like, “I’m giving up _________ for Lent.”  Usually, I find that people fill in the blank with things like TV, or chocolate, or meat, or pop, etc.  And all of the “giving up” of things is with the intention of somehow drawing nearer to Christ.  I’ve often asked myself, “How well does giving up that kind of stuff really work?”  

Today, I came across perhaps the best list I’ve seen of things to give up for Lent, if one really wants to draw near to God.  If we want to grasp the Gospel of God’s grace more this season, we need to get rid of things that strangle the work of the Gospel in our hearts.  Also, we will actually appreciate the Gospel if we actually use it to overcome these things.


1) COMPLAINING  –  there is much to be thankful for.

2) WORRY – there are things to be concerned about, but nothing to worry about.

3) DISCOURAGEMENT – God is for you, not against you.

4) BITTERNESS – it’s like poisoning yourself. How smart is that?

5) HATRED – forgive and watch your future come alive!

6) GOSSIPING – speak well of your neighbor, you might just see him/her return the favor. 

7) BLAMING – be part of the solution, not the problem.

8) STAYING AWAY FROM CHURCH – provide your family with a firm foundation of faith, learn about the message of God’s love from the Bible and share problems, make friends, and be renewed in hope and thank God for another week of life. And it’s free!

…and the final thing to ‘Give Up’ during Lent? 

9) GIVING UP – hang in there!! Even with all it’s problems, life is a good and gracious gift!

by Pastor Mark Anderson of Lutheran Church of the Master, Corona del Mar, CA.

It’s Been A While…
July 9, 2008, 3:37 pm
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I haven’t posted in quite some time.  Blogging had taken a back seat to a lot of other things, but I’m easing back into it…

Week 10 – Verse of the Week
March 3, 2008, 5:15 pm
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Proverbs 18:10 “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.”

Week 9 – Verse of the Week
February 25, 2008, 5:12 pm
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Proverbs 17:22 “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

Week 8 – Verse of the Week
February 18, 2008, 5:10 pm
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Psalm 147:5 – “Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.”

Character Still Counts
February 16, 2008, 12:45 am
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2 Timothy 2:5 “An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.”

Why is Congress so involved with sports these days? Because of sin.
This morning, I read on the internet that Bill Belichick had apparently been illegally videotaping opponents’ defensive signals since he became coach of the New England Patriots in 2000. Since 2000, by the way, the Patriots have won 3 Superbowls. Congress is getting involved with the investigation.

Last night on ESPN, I watched as Roger Clemens, one of the all-time greatest pitchers in Major League Baseball stood before members of Congress with respect to his alleged use of steroids and human growth hormones (HGH) — performance enhancing drugs that are not only against the rules in sports, but are also illegal.

Yesterday, on sports radio, I also heard that Kelvin Sampson, men’s basketball coach at University of Indiana, committed further recruiting violations, despite already having being on probation for previous recruiting violations. In the midst of these allegations, he was get Eric Gordon, one of the premiere freshmen in the nation, to come to Indiana even after Gordon had already made a verbal commitment to the University of Illinois. Congress isn’t involved, but this is just another example of people “doing whatever it takes” to get ahead.

Even older stories in the news include Barry Bonds, Marion Jones, and Floyd Landis…and the list goes on and on.

Now, we are still awaiting the final verdicts in most of these cases, but if proven guilty, all of these people will have lost so much more than they had gained through cheating (Marion Jones has already been stripped of her 5 Olympic medals and every international award she won after September 2000…Floyd Landis was also stripped of his 2006 Tour de France victory).

One thing I am reminded of is that God’s bottom line is not just results (some may say fruit), but also obedience. As I like to think about it with respect to church, ministry, and life : not only are we called to have Gospel-centered goals, but we are to achieve those goals through Gospel-centered means (truth & love).  God help me to be faithful first and trust Him to make me fruitful.